We round up our favorite fish and chips spots in town. Don’t forget the malt vinegar.


Calling itself Bangkok’s first Kiwi restaurant, Snapper is a casual restaurant on the bustling Sukhumvit Soi 11 scene, with a nautical vibe and an emphasis on sustainably-caught fish. You get to choose from several New Zealand cold water species like the fleshy and strongly-flavored tarakihi (B170) or the slightly milder southern kingfish (B170). We love the light batter they use (a secret recipe, we’re told) that crisps up very nicely during their very professional deep-fry job. Chips come separate, though. There’s also a short and sweet wine list comprised of stuff from New Zealand and Australia ranging from B1,300-1,800. See our Q&A with the owner on this page.
1/22 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-1098. Open Tue-Sun 5pm-midnight

Offshore Fish & Chips

Offshore is not a spot for fine dining but if you want good quality, authentic, take away fish and chips, this eatery delivers on both taste and price. Like its counterparts in England’s residential neighborhoods, it’s a touch trashy and stands or falls by the quality of its batter (everything is deep fried). And just how is the batter? A little bit floury but never overly greasy and certainly flavorful. Choose from the traditional, beautifully moist cod (B225) or the cheaper red snapper (B165) or dory (B155). A good alternative is the fish and bits, with large chunks of tender deep fried fish (B165).
7/8 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-661-7830. Open daily 11am-2am

Fat Gutz Saloon

Ashley Sutton of burger joint Iron Fairies followed up with this vintage-style bar offering fish and chips as well as a selection of stiff cocktails and a decent wine list. This oblong anglophile hole-in-the-wall actually reminds us more of a 1920s New Orleans watering hole with its dark exterior and matching vintage wood furniture and, most recently, the removal of the dark window panes that enclosed it. For the dish, their fish isn’t particularly fancy but it is a fresh catch of the day, and the batter, while a touch more greasy than others, has a great, breaded texture. And for B230, you get two decent filets, a super garlicky aioli a lot of fries that go great with their creative cocktails (B285). Coupled with live blues after 9pm, it’s a very good deal.
1/F Grass Complex, Thonglor Soi 12, 02-714-9832. Open daily 6pm-2am


This spacious restaurant is a great spot to lounge and relax. Think comfy couches, cool, polished cement and floor-to-ceiling windows bathing everything in natural light. Kuppa is better-known as a lunch venue and for its desserts. Even though their menu has changed very little over the years, their fish and chips (B420) is consistent and is a dish you can count on. It comes with a crisp batter, served on a wood platter with some excellent tartar sauce.
39 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-663-0450. Open daily 10am-11:30pm

Sam’s Fish & Chips

This slightly odd eatery feels like popping around to your slightly eccentric uncle’s house for dinner, so don’t expect much privacy while eating and perhaps even a table visit from the man himself. You won’t care either way, though, because Sam’s fish and chips (B129) are some of the best in Bangkok. With a choice of John Dory or tilapia, you get two generous fillets of breadcrumb-coated fresh fish. Unlike many places, the breadcrumb batter here is wonderfully light and crunchy and the fish moist and meaty without ever being greasy. Sam, who does all the cooking himself, clearly uses good quality oil.
146 Convent Rd., 02-234-7335. Open Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm


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